Indigenous Shopping Guide

By Mackenzie Brown

Looking for unique souvenirs and gifts in Edmonton? With a rich Indigenous culture and history, there are plenty of local artisans selling their handmade items in the city. Support local and Indigenous artists by purchasing their beadwork, handicrafts and more. These local artisans make gift giving easy!

I.A.M.Collective

The Indigenous Artisans Market Collective (I.A.M.Collective) is a community of 42 local Indigenous creatives, with members from varying nations across Turtle Island. They operate year-round on every Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Farmers Market, and can be found at almost every Edmonton festival.

Indigenous Empowerment Collective

The Indigenous Empowerment Collective is composed of 9 local Indigenous fashion designers who are from various backgrounds including Cree, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Navajo, Cherokee, Dene, Maori and Métis. The collective hosts a variety of fashion shows throughout the year!

The Grow Centre

The Grow Centre on Whyte Avenue is an Indigenous run co-working and workshop space. The owner and operator (also the owner of Nikawiy Handmade) often has pop-up shops throughout the year featuring local Indigenous artists. Follow them on social media and stay tuned for the next pop-up!

There are many more local Indigenous artisans in Edmonton who aren’t a part of collectives but are very active on social media. Be sure to look around Facebook and Instagram for other Indigenous artists and handcrafters to follow. Happy shopping!